Drilling sites accord
An Environment Court hearing due to begin on Monday has been avoided. An agreement has been reached between Greymouth Petroleum and Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust regarding two Midhirst drilling sites.
In May 2013, the trust appealed against two council approved consents which gave Greymouth the go-ahead to begin work at the Dettling South and Dettling North sites on York Rd.
Stratford District Council regulatory manager Pat Moore said an amendment to the consent order had been made following discussion between the parties.
The amendment requires Greymouth to have ongoing consultation with iwi regarding cultural monitoring of the site.
Iwi representatives are allowed to visit during each drilling phase and when the site is decommissioned.
Taranaki Daily News